There you are, sitting in your dad's tie and interviewing for a job that you really, really want. But, when the interviewer asks "Do you have any questions," you're like "Of course!" But they're all kind of awkward to have to ask. Our advice? Have courage, put your awkward-blockers on, and get the answers you need. Here's how.
Use a Positive Spin
Okay, so you're dying to know what happened to the last person who had the position you want. Did she get fired? Did he move onto bigger and better things? Instead of asking point blank what's up, put a positive spin on it: Ask about the trajectory for the position, or for an example of a past employee that did a great job and went far. That way, you get the deets without coming off as suspicious.
Avoid the Word "Just"
Fastest way to sound weak in an interview? Use the word "just." "I was just wondering about my future here." "I just wanted to know more about the requirements." "I just wanted to ask about workflow here."
See how that one little word makes awkward questions even more awkward? It makes it sound like you're embarrassed to ask, even though you have every right to know. Ditch the 'j' word and you'll sound way more sure of yourself.
Cop to Your Research
Of course you totally researched the company. You practically became a Facebook private investigator while getting ready for the interview. Don't be ashamed: Companies love when interviewees do their research, so it's cool. Cop to your research and let the interviewer know that your questions are coming from an educated place. That way, you're not wasting time asking questions that you could have already learned the answer to, like those about workplace culture, employee satisfaction, or management. A lot of those q's are online and you can let the interviewer know that any extra questions you have are because you've done your research and have a good understanding of what the company is all about.
Hold Off the Really Awkward Stuff
Remember this: An interview is where you sell yourself to an interviewer. An actual job offer? It's when the interviewer needs to sell the job to you. If you get an offer, it's the perfect time to ask about blush-worthy topics like vacation, benefits, and salary. After all, that's when you have the most leverage: The interviewer has already chosen you for the position, and you get to make sure it's the right job before you accept.
Sure, interviewers are practically made for awkward moments. But even if you wear the wrong shoes, you spill your drink, or you accidentally address a "ma'am" as a "sir," at least the questions you ask won't make your palms sweat.